I know not all of us got to attend COABE - so let's share some of the memorable things we learned or that challenged our thinking here. Let's share our experience with everyone!
I learned how to connect mathematics and art to learning math! I enjoyed thinking about the counts and the way things sound in terms of a ratio. I liked playing with the song maker tool. Perhaps, it can be shared?
I don't play any instruments and so in the music session I really felt like my adult learners must feel without background knowledge. I know halves and thirds can only mix as sixths, but because I didn't see one beat I couldn't figure out why in music they showed up as fifths. It didn't make any sense at all to me, but without the background knowledge to be certain I had just misread the mathematical representation of the beats, I started to assume that everything I knew about numbers was wrong ~ or different when it came to music. Such an "aha" moment for how our students feel when we assume they have background knowledge of what we are teaching and a reminder to make sure to pre-teach and to teach math in the context of the student's life.
The Songmaker Tool was one that sparked the Pre-Conference development team as a form of math representation. We toyed with many ideas of how to use it and ultimately time was our barrier! SongMaker is a part of Chrome Music Lab. The entire Music lab is a phenomenal tool to explore the many pieces of music!
One piece of our planning involved trying to represent a set of fraction parameters within a song. Something similar to what this teacher did with a different tool. https://www.icloud.com/numbers/0UusP1O4MsTlNBfpUZDOMF26Q#Everyone_Can_Create_with_Math_and_Music_(Teachers)
Could you use this tool or lesson with your students?